Students from rural areas have outperformed their urban counterparts in this years Medium School Scholarship (MSS) and High School Scholarship (HSS) examinations,the results for which were announced by the Maharashtra State Council of Examinations (MSCE) on Thursday.
As many as 122 students from rural areas have figured in the MSS merit list as against 100 from urban areas. In HSS,138 students from rural areas made it to the merit list as against 130 from urban areas.
Seven rural students,including four girls,have scored cent per cent marks in MSS exams while only one male candidate could achieve this feat from urban areas. In HSS examination,two girl students from rural areas have scored highest 288 marks (out of 300),while only one girl managed this score from urban areas.
MSCE chairman H I Shinde said that MSS has registered 52.23 per cent results and HSS 51.61 per cent.
Of the 9.34 lakh students who appeared for the MSS,4.87 lakh cleared the exam with 16,683 students bagging the scholarships. Of the over 6.95 lakh candidates who appeared for HSS ,3.44 lakh passed with 16,461 students winning the scholarships, he said.
Meanwhile,a considerable drop has been noticed in the number of students registering for MSS and HSS exams. Nearly 2 lakh less students appeared for the MSS exams and 1 lakh less for the HSS this year.
MSCE authorities said no specific reason could be attributed to this drop. However,growing number of CBSE and other such non-state board schools could be a reason behind the drop, they said.
MSCEs old website (msce.mah.nic.in) created a lot of confusion among students and parents with many logging into it instead of the new http://www.mscepune.in. to view the results.
Wards of landless agriculture labourers have failed to grab full quota of MSS and HSS scholarships with more than 30 per cent scholarships going unclaimed. These students often fail to produce mandatory certificates, said an MSCE official.